The Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees on Internet number resource policy and related matters. Adhering to the procedures in the Policy Development Process, the Advisory Council forwards consensus-based policy proposals to the Board for ratification.
The Advisory Council consists of 15 elected members. The President of ARIN is an ex-officio member and acts as the liaison between the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Council. Read the Election Guidelines for more information on how Council members are nominated and elected.
Current Members of the Advisory Council
Andrew Dul is currently an independent systems & networking infrastructure consultant at 8 Continents Networks LLC and has been working in various Internet networking positions since 1996. Over the years, he has held various positions including roles at network service provider Internap and working on the Internet in the sky at Connexion by Boeing. During his time at The Boeing Company, he helped develop the global network that supported mobile pico cell demonstrations and the first commercial in-flight Internet service. After Boeing, Andrew served the Seattle based nationwide law firm, Perkins Coie, as their Systems and Network Architect. He also was a Lead Engineer at Cascadeo from 2010-2013 and was a senior member of the Cloud Engineering team at Crowdstrike from 2016-2018. Andrew has been involved with ARIN since 1999 helping to contribute to the development of global IP number resource policy. Andrew holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Business Administration with a Leadership Formation specialization from Seattle University, Albers School of Business and Economics. Andrew was appointed to the ARIN Advisory Council in November of 2013, re-elected in 2014, 2017, and 2020 and formerly served from 2003-2005. His current term expires 31 December 2023.
Kat Hunter has been an active member of the ARIN community since 2004. She manages the number resources for voice, video, and data for both the commercial and residential areas of Comcast. She also manages IPv4 recycling within the organization while new IPv6 space is deployed. Kat has a broad yet technical view of a large ISP down to end customers which gives her a unique view of the information and technical requirements needed to make inclusive decisions while working on policy. She also occasionally assists the business unit and security teams with IP fraud evaluations. Kat has also spent time as Communications Chair for TechWomen Philadelphia (2017) and is currently a member of TechWomen South Jersey and Net-grrls. Kat was elected to the AC in 2018, and re-elected in 2021. Her current term expires 31 December 2024.
Brian is currently Assistant Director of Operations for Virginia Tech, leading an Escalation team of IT subject matter experts. He has worked in the higher education electronics and telecommunications industry since 1984, chasing electrons since 1979. He helped install Virginia Tech’s first 10Base-T hubs in 1991. He helped VT procure additional IPv4 address space to augment our legacy address blocks just before ARIN was completely depleted of IPv4 address space. He also helps VT procure IPv6 address space to replace old Internet2/MAX blocks. He has been active in the ARIN and NANOG community for many years. He participated in the 2019 EDUCAUSE IPv6 panel along with other ARIN members to promote the use IPv6. He is the author of Virginia Tech’s IPv6 Case Study on the teamarin.net web site. Brian was elected in 2021 to serve a one-year term on the AC. His current term expires 31 December 2022.
Anita Nikolich is a Research Scientist at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She was formerly a Program Director for Cybersecurity at the National Science Foundation (NSF), worked on scientific cyberinfrastructure and served as Executive Director of Infrastructure at The University of Chicago, and has held a variety of network and security roles in industry and government. She is a co-organizer of the DEFCON AI Village and also does work in cryptocurrency security and analytics. She was appointed by the AC in November 2019 to fill David Farmer’s vacancy for the remainder of his term and was re-elected in 2020. Her current term expires 31 December 2023.
Amy Potter is a Sr. Technical Business Developer at AWS, focusing on IP address acquisition. Prior to this she spent several years working as an IPv4 broker where she worked with ISPs, hosting companies, datacenters and others to acquire IPv4 address space and navigate RIR transfer policies. Amy led the creation of ipv4auctions.com in order to increase transparency and efficiency in the IPv4 market. Amy is interested in lending her expertise in the IPv4 market to help create policies that make sense in a post-IPv4 exhaustion world. Amy has a law degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University. She was elected to the AC in October of 2015, and re-elected in 2018 and 2021. Her current term expires 31 December 2024.
Joe Provo is a network engineer, presently a Packet Slinger at Google. He has performed IP-based network and service design, engineering and implementation in one form or another since 1994. Joe’s additional experience as a professional system administrator and programmer extends several years prior, to 1990. Joe has a long history of volunteer work. Whether for community radio stations, activist organizations, theatre productions, DNS registries, NANOG Steering Committee/Board, or within his employer he seeks to give back into every aspect that shaped him. Joe was elected to the AC in October of 2016, and was re-elected 2019. His current term expires 31 December 2022.
Alyssa is the Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. She is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s advocacy strategy, monitoring domestic regulatory affairs and legislation, and participating in the activities of international Internet governance bodies. Prior to this, Alyssa worked as a Policy & Strategy Analyst at Cybera, Alberta’s non-profit research and education network. Alyssa sits on the Board of the Internet Society Canada Chapter and volunteers frequently in her community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University. She was elected to the AC in October 2016, and was re-elected in 2019. Her current term expires 31 December 2022.
Kerrie Richards is the Founder of Business Growth Rocket and is a founding director of VFJ Coding Ltd. She is the former Entrepreneur Development Manager for the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship - Caribbean. She has extensive international experience in Adult Education and Information Technology, and studied at the University of Technology Jamaica as well as London Metropolitan University, possessing degrees in Marketing and Business IT. Kerrie has served on the planning committees for several international conferences, such as International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), and strives to ensure that perspectives affecting policy are broadened to encompass the needs of developing Caribbean nations. Kerrie was appointed to the Advisory Council of the American Registry for Internet Numbers in November 2017 and was re-elected in 2018 and 2021. Her current term expires 31 December 2022.
Leif Sawyer is currently working as a security architect at GCI Communication Corp., having been employed there for over 25 years. His areas of focus include IPv4 and IPv6 deployment strategy, network and security architecture, VOIP infrastructure, and network management automation. Previously, Leif has worked for the University of Alaska Anchorage and as an independent contractor in the telecommunications industry. He was elected to the AC in October of 2014, and re-elected in 2017 & 2020. His current term expires 31 December 2023.
Robert Seastrom is a Distinguished Engineer in the Information Security Office at Capital One, where his background in building Internet infrastructure contributes to building scalable and secure banking infrastructure. His industry experience spans over three decades of engineering and management positions at small and large ISPs, hosting providers, and maintaining critical Internet infrastructure. Robert has held positions at Neustar, Time Warner Cable, Afilias, Neutral Net, Inter.NetGlobal Ltd., Akamai Technologies, AboveNet Communications, and Digex, and built pioneering ISPs in Japan and the Republic of Georgia. His nonprofit service includes serving as a Trusted Community Representative (Crypto Officer) for signing the DNSSEC root, co-founding and serving as first president of the Cambridge Bandwidth Consortium (a cooperative ISP in Massachusetts), the NANOG Board of Directors, and board positions with educational organizations related to amateur radio and firearm safety. First elected to the AC in October of 2003, Robert was re-elected in 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018. His current term expires 31 December 2024.
Chris Tacit draws on over 40 years of experience in the communications, information technology and not-for-profit sectors, Chris is the founder of the firm Tacit Law, which provides legal and business advice to domestic and international clients who wish to obtain high-quality, personalized and cost-effective services. He provides legal, regulatory, and advocacy services related to all aspects of communication, Internet, technology and not-for-profit law and policy, and he assists clients with strategic planning, governance, risk management, business reviews, commercial transactions, intellectual property and privacy matters, as well as corporate and regulatory compliance. Chris is a: (1) member of the Bars of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut; (2) registered Trade-mark agent in Canada; and (3) licensed professional engineer in Ontario. He has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, as well as Bachelor of Laws and Master in Business Administration degrees from the University of Ottawa. Chris has significant experience as a director and officer of both for-profit and not-for profit corporations. He has published a number of articles and has taught at the post-secondary level. He was elected to the AC in October of 2014, and re-elected in 2017 & 2020. His current term expires 31 December 2023.
Alicia Trotman currently serves as a Communication Specialist with Mission Critical Partners. She has advanced expertise in telecommunications regulations with specific focus on small island developing states, and has over a decade of expertise in providing ICT development, regulatory and monitoring policies, and mechanisms to promote and maintain a competitive Telecommunications environment. Alicia was appointed by the Advisory Council to a one-year term beginning January 2018 to fill Dan Alexander’s open seat, and was re-elected in 2018 and 2021. Her current term expires 31 December 2024.
Matthew Wilder is a Senior Engineer with TELUS Communications, a leading ISP and technology company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. At TELUS Matthew is responsible for IP Address Management and IPv6 strategy. Matthew serves the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as Vice Chair of the Vancouver Section. He has written articles for IEEE Canadian Review, as well as blogs for ARIN, ISOC, and other industry publications. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from the University of British Columbia as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Victoria. Matthew was elected to the AC in October of 2020. His current term expires 31 December 2023.
Alison is a network engineer for the state of Oregon, focusing on a diverse wide area network that serves over 40,000 customers. She has been in this role for almost 22 years and has truly enjoyed watching the evolution of the state’s network from a disjointed mesh of dial-up to an advanced MPLS enterprise. Her duties include network troubleshooting, dynamic network analytics, pre-deployment application testing, and the broad duty of keeping the network up, fast and available. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the INTC, the internet exchange in Portland, and on the Board of the Oregon Track Club. Alison was elected to the AC in October of 2016, and was re-elected in 2019. Her current term expires 31 December 2022.
Chris Woodfield is a Senior Staff Engineer at Twitter, where he specializes on IP address management, application edge and transit/peering architecture. Prior to joining Twitter, he served architecture and engineering roles at Salesforce, Yahoo!, and Internap. In addition to serving on the Advisory Council, Chris has been a member of the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG) Program Committee since early 2016. He holds a Bachelor Of Science degree in Mass Communications from Towson University. Chris was elected to the Advisory Council in October 2016 for a one-year term, and elected to a three-year term in 2017, and again in 2021. His current term expires 31 December 2024.